Commencement officially celebrates the academic achievement of the Class of 2022 and all the support of families, friends, faculty and staff.  We invite you to join in this wonderful occasion on Saturday, May 21, 2022!

 

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Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement exercises officially begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

You may bring as many family members and guests as you like to Commencement—no tickets are required and the ceremony is held outdoors in the Dimple.

We hardy New Englanders are committed to remaining outside for the ceremony if at all possible. Please wear or bring appropriate layers of clothing, particularly for those in your family who may be elderly or very young. In the event of extreme weather conditions, we will relocate to the Beard Field House in the Haas Athletic Center (again, no tickets are required). If we do need to move indoors because of weather conditions, for the comfort and the safety of everyone we ask that you consider inviting eight or fewer guests per graduate.

Please note: There are absolutely no balloons allowed in the Beard Field House if the Commencement ceremony is indoors due to rain

Saturday Parking and Transportation Details

Campus parking is always tight on this big weekend, spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Traffic will be heavy, and we expect these spaces will fill quickly.

We are fortunate to have community partners so close by who allow us to use their large parking areas and we will shuttle guests back and forth to and from the campus.

If you wish to save time rather than searching for on-campus parking spots you may go directly to the overflow area located at Norton High School, at 66 West Main Street.  There you will have ample parking, a seating area to utilize while waiting in between shuttles and a hassle-free experience!

The shuttle buses will run regularly beginning at 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.  They will drop off passengers on the main campus on Howard Street which is just a short walk to the Dimple. The shuttle buses will pick up passengers from this same location.

Those wishing to drop off elderly persons, those with accessibility concerns or small children should do so by entering Howard Street from Route 123. A Campus Safety officer will direct you to a location where you can drop off those who cannot walk from the regular parking lots. You will, however, need to park your car following this drop off, as handicap parking is at a premium and taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Please have your handicap decal visible in your vehicle.  Please allow plenty of time and consider carpooling with family members and friends if possible.

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Private Parties

We understand how exciting the event of Commencement is, and everyone’s desire to celebrate the special occasion. The college has planned many activities to do just that—celebrate and honor our graduates and alumni classes.

In order to do this, all college services will be committed to such events. This means that, unfortunately, we will be unable to accommodate requests or provide services on campus for private parties during Senior Week and the Commencement Reunion Weekend.

You are welcome to picnic on campus with your family and friends. However, we ask that no charcoal grills be used, the state of Massachusetts alcohol laws are followed, and that all picnic supplies brought to campus are removed.

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Weekend Activities for Parents and Families

There are a variety of events on campus Friday afternoon and evening specifically for parents, families and guests. The President’s Reception honoring members of the graduating class and their guests and the Diana Davis Spencer Discovery Center Dedication will be held at 5 p.m. Dinner is available from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for all guests on Friday evening in Emerson Dining Hall, provided your graduate purchases tickets from Dining Services in advance. The graduate’s meal is free.

Graduation Photos and Announcements

A photographer from GradImages® will take individual photos of graduates as they cross the Commencement platform. Students will receive an email at their Wheaton email address with information about how to order their Commencement photos online soon after graduation. Inquiries about photographs can be made to GradImages® at 800-261-2576 or by going to their website at: gradimages.com.

Graduation announcements  can be ordered personalized through Balfour Graduation Announcements in the early spring.

Graduation Press Releases

Please remind your graduating senior to confirm their correct local newspaper information via the WINDOW (Wheaton Information Delivered Over the Web) before May 17. Per federal law, only your graduate can authorize the release of this information (reminders and instructions will be sent via email to all seniors). Should you have questions about graduation press releases, we suggest you send an email to: hometownnews@wheatoncollege.edu.

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Moving Out Day

Students will need to move out of their residence halls and houses by 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon, May 21. Seniors who live in the New England area generally begin planning for their final departure by starting to move things home in the final weeks of the semester. While we don’t expect those living at a greater distance to do this, we do encourage students to pack during Senior Week, prior to Commencement, so they are ready to move by Commencement day. In order to avoid last-minute packing at the end of Commencement day, please remind your graduate to prepare in advance to leave campus. They should remember to return their keys to either the locksmith (open until 4:30 p.m. on Commencement day) or in one of the drop boxes located in Balfour Hood by the mailroom, Pine Hall or Campus Safety before leaving campus. Seniors should also pay close attention to communications from Residential Life for more details.

Weekend Dining

In the spring, your graduate will receive information regarding the purchase of tickets for the Friday picnic lunch, dinner and the Saturday breakfast. For additional information, please call Dining Services at 508-286-8209 or email wheatondining@wheatoncollege.edu.

Ticketed events

Friday, May 20, 2022:

Graduation Picnic Lunch
12–1:30 p.m.
Chapel Field
$12.99
Graduating Student is complimentary

Senior Dinner
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Emerson Dining Room
$16.99
Graduating Student is complimentary

Saturday, May 21, 2022:

Senior Breakfast
7:30–9 a.m.
Emerson Dining Room
$9.99
Graduating Student is complimentary

Post Grad Box Lunch
Immediately following graduation
Pick-up: Emerson Faculty Dining Room
$12.99
Graduates must purchase

Traveling to Wheaton, Local Restaurants and Area Accommodations

Information about directions to Wheaton, local restaurants and area accommodations may be found on the Our Location page.

View and print the Campus Map

Contact Information

For further information:
Dean of Students Office
508-286-8218
Email: deanofstudents@wheatoncollege.edu

Dining Services inquiries:
Aramark Food Service
508-286-8209
Email: wheatondining@wheatoncollege.edu

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Commencement officially celebrates the academic achievement of the Class of 2022 and all the support of families, friends, faculty and staff. Congratulations!

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